The VA National Teleradiology Program (NTP) is currently recruiting for full time Lead Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist- Picture Archival Communication System (PACS) positions. The NTP provides remote, 24/7 reading of radiological studies from over 100 VAs across the country. NTP maintains a Teleradiology System that includes a PACS database/central archive with associated servers and software that can receive studies from all VHA facilities. The system includes local cache servers and dedicated clinical review stations with integrated voice recognition/reporting capability. The distributed reading capability is made available to NTP Radiologists located in reading centers at multiple sites across the country. The NTP PACS is the most complex, mission critical, VA-wide medical system currently deployed in VHA. The incumbent's principal responsibilities are to provide leadership, training and direction to a team of NTP PACS Technologists and PACS Assistants. They will provide technical and operational support to increase the efficiencies of the NTP Support workgroup which will positively impact NTP Radiologists and NTP's clinical customers. They will also perform high level PACS Technologist functions by preparing and organizing teleradiology exams sent across the VA wide area network to the NTP PACS and ensure that reports are successfully transmitted back to the originating site's electronic medical record. They will also monitor critical and non-critical callbacks to ensure they are completed and documented. He/she will interact with NTP Radiologists working from multiple locations and will routinely interact with facility-based DRTs and clinicians in multiple departments across each hospital NTP supports. Weekend, holiday and shift work will be required for this position to ensure coverage during hours of NTP operations. Oversee the performance of quality control activities on all cases submitted to NTP to ensure that the exam is complete given the modality and procedure description, they will verify relevant priors are available (either via export from the local/VISN PACS or NTP initiated query/retrieve) and will assist remote DRTs at other VA locations in the preparation, case edit, and transmission of images to NTP. The incumbent will possess knowledge of the VA hospital environment and day to day role of DRTs working in V HA radiology departments. Problem-solve transmission issues from local/VISN PACS to NTP PACS. The position requires fundamental knowledge of computer hardware, Radiology and PACS workflow which can be obtained through education and experience in the field. The incumbent will continuously monitor and improve procedures in his/her section and actively participate in quality improvement activities within NTP. Lead DRT/PACS Technologists use their knowledge of radiology workflow and processes in conjunction with a specialized technical skillset to support and troubleshoot image processing, display, and storage systems. They assist the NTP PACS Administrators with oversight and support of PACS display workstations, interfaces, secondary applications, speech recognition and other hardware that is critical to NTP efficiency and throughput. Work Schedule: Weekday and weekend shifts, Compressed schedule. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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